After 40-win season, Tennessee announces extension for baseball coach Tony Vitello
Phillip Fulmer announced that Tennessee has agreed to give baseball coach Tony Vitello an extension following a 40-win (40-21) season.
The second-year coach signed an extension through 2024 and was given a raise. He’s set to earn $580,000 next season and his salary increases to $650,000 by the end of the agreement, per the release.
Tennessee returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2019 for the first time since 2005 under Vitello. The Vols lost to UNC in the regional.
“Impressive doesn’t begin to describe the job Tony has done with our baseball program these past two seasons,” Fulmer said in a statement. “I believe we have in Coach Vitello one of the nation’s brightest young head coaches. From managing the game, to player development, to recruiting and relating to today’s student-athletes—Tony has a firm grasp on all aspect of leading a major program. He’s surrounded himself with an outstanding staff, and we are going to support them as Tennessee baseball continues to climb.”
The former Arkansas assistant Vitello has the Vols program headed in the right direction.